If you are from out of town and visiting the
Disneyland resort I would say the best option would be to get a
flex passport that allows park hopping and do Disneyland one day,
DCA another day, and then use the 3rd and or 4th day to get to the
attractions you missed, or your favorites.
The two pages below feature sample days, tips,
and a little advice on the two parks. Be warned these are just guidelines
and on any given day the parks can be more or less crowded or the
traffic flow might be different. These will give you an idea of
what can be done though.
The most important thing to do is make sure you
plan your day to accomodate everyone in your group. Be sure to space
out activities, shows, and attractions to keep everyone happy and
looking forward to something. Also beware of the weather. In Southern
California most mornings and evenings are cool, where as the middle
of the day is really warm or even hot depending on the time of year.
So try to schedule a couple shows or theater attractions in the
middle of the afternoon. Nothing is worse than standing in a 60
minute line for Dumbo at 2pm in August.
With the addition of a second gate in California
the traffic flow in Disneyland has chnaged a bit. Remember almost
50% of the people visiting Disneyland are considered locals and
a large percentage of those have annual passes. These locals and
AP people really impact the crowds on Friday nights and throughout
the weekend. Also the crowds swell during promotions like the one
run the past few years in December where you can buy a pass good
everynight after 4pm. These people come in for a ride or two and
the fireworks/Fantasmic usually.
For information on Disney travel backages here is a link to the Travel Company Brochure